At any age, orthodontic treatment can completely transform your smile and is the perfect way to improve your smile permanently. When beautifully straight teeth are unveiled, you’ll finally have the smile you’ve always wanted. It’s only natural that you may consider teeth whitening after orthodontics to further improve your smile – especially if you have an exciting event coming up!
In this guide, we explain a little more about teeth discolouration and teeth whitening treatment after orthodontic treatment.
Teeth Discolouration During Orthodontic Treatment
Many patients experience slight discolouration surrounding the braces, which is only noticeable after the braces are removed. This discolouration is generally nothing to worry about and usually occurs if you experience difficulty manoeuvring your toothbrush around the braces, alongside natural discolouration over time.
Oral hygiene is vital in preventing plaque and tartar, which are the two main causes of tooth discolouration. Orthodontic patients should always take extra care in their oral hygiene routine, including flossing (at least) twice a day.
It’s important to remember that braces themselves do not directly cause discolouration of the teeth. Instead, it’s the plaque and tartar, difficulty brushing, and certain foods/drinks we consume that all contribute to the discolouration that surrounds the braces, while the surface where braces have sat will remain the same colour, prior to orthodontics.
Whilst some causes of stained teeth are beyond your control, others causes are usually down to our day-to-day lifestyle, diet, hygiene or even medication.
Your teeth will yellow with age, so if you have orthodontic braces for a long duration, you may notice a slight difference in shades between the area where the bracket has been fitted and the area surrounding the bracket your braces are removed. Fortunately, teeth whitening can reverse any discolouration to give you a beautiful, white smile.
Teeth Whitening After Braces
After your braces are removed, we highly recommend teeth whitening if you have any stains or white spots. This is why we offer free home teeth whitening with all braces at Perfect Smile Spa, giving you the teeth you’ve always dreamed of.
Teeth whitening is the most popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Whitening restores natural tooth colour and whitens beyond the natural colour. There are many methods available, such as brushing, bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, and laser bleaching. With that being said, we always advise patients to visit us for professional teeth whitening treatment – as DIY methods can damage the protective layer of enamel.
Unsurprisingly, teeth whitening has become the most requested procedure in cosmetic dentistry today!
At-Home Teeth Whitening
At no additional cost, we offer free at-home teeth whitening to all orthodontic patients, carried out in the comfort of your own home.
We’ll have impressions taken of your mouth after your braces are removed, and then we’ll send out a teeth whitening pack to your home address with custom-made teeth whitening trays. When you receive your custom trays, you’ll need to wear them for up to an hour a day, for two weeks.
Alternatively, you can choose to have ZOOM! teeth whitening which is performed in our Essex clinic at an extra cost if you prefer us to carry out the whitening instead. The in-house ZOOM! treatment requires a visit to our clinic, giving you a brighter, whiter smile in as little as 60 minutes.
Achieve a Whiter Smile
Paired with orthodontics, teeth whitening can make a tremendous difference in just one treatment and is a quick and effective method of removing stains on the surfaces of the teeth.
At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients. This is why our highly-skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists are there for you every step of the way in achieving your perfect smile.
Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our teeth whitening treatments or orthodontic treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.